Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.
There are so many car seat types and models, how do you know which one is right for your child? The right car seat or booster fits your child and your car, and is one you will use correctly every time you travel. Not only will your child ride as safely as possible, you will be establishing the foundation for a lifelong habit of seat belt use every time your child travels.
Well if you thought you had it finally figured out, car seat laws will be changing again in 2014. Yes you heard me right, starting in 2014, the new recommendation states that the LATCH system should no longer be used when the child and car seat combined weight is over 65lbs.
Always look at the labels and instructions of the car seat to make sure that it is suitable for your child’s age, height and weight. Keep the child in each car seat phase till the maximum age, height and weight limit and then move to the next car seat phase. Always check your car seat before you go for a ride with the child, many accidents turn fatal because the car seats are not installed properly.
If ever you are buying a used car seat, know its crash history. A car seat is not effective once it has been in a car crash. Better to buy from someone you know and not online or from thrift store. Also never buy a used car seat that does have the user’s manual or does not meet the current federal safety standards.
Car seat laws vary state-by-state and your specific state requirements for car seats can be found here.